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It was really great to hear the multitude of voices for this audio book. It was well done, and classy, just like the book. I haven't read these books since I was 14 and was delighted to be reminded that there are books out there that do not drop the F bomb, or have "scenes" for the sake of pleasing a simple minded audience...it's a wonderful book, and a great story.
I love audio books - the take me back to the stories my teachers would read aloud in class. I think the audio edition of Dune allows you to get past the odd names and stay involved with the story.
An amazingly imagined planet and society. The charactors were so well written.
I became so confused. Voice levels and clarity seemed to change with each chaptor. So disappointing!
I enjoyed all of the characters because they were so clearly described and represented in the dialogue.
predictable. The movie was exactly the same as the book
Once you see the movie you have read the book
Read the book. See the movie. both are just the same
I'm a Humboldt County fez wearing uni-cyclist that listens to way too many audio books.
Yes, Dune will always hold a special place for me since it was the first audio book that I got into and ended up making me an audio book junkie.
I diddn't like there being an cast. I much prefer one reader, or at most two for the male and female roles
I have seen both the movie and the miniseries and just thought I knew Dune. I had no idea the vastness, the richness, the texture, and the raw power that was just unable to be conveyed to the screens. This is a true classic and an amazing book. The performances are weird since the characters are played by different actors at different parts, with different interpretations of the role, but with a bit of imagination it is understandable. Do not let that put you off this book. "Wow" doesn't cover it. There is so much more to Paul, the worms, the Fremen, - and Dune - than the movie and miniseries tell.
The omniscient narrator gives us such a raw and textured entry into each of the very livid characters that you feel the story ooze through you as you listen.
Some of the actors really brought their characters to life in ways that were extraordinary.
I was deeply moved many times. The gom jabbar scene is riveting - the war - the confrontation between Alia and the Rev Mother; lots.
A lot of reviews have talked down this book because of idiosyncrasies and discontinuity in the performances from time-to-time. If you let that stop you from enjoying this book it's your loss.
The story has been one of my favorites for decades now. I have read Dune three times before listening to this audio book and, have read all the other Frank Herbert Dune books twice. The other books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are quite good also.
There is no one thing. The detail of the Dune universe is truley astounding.
It's to much for one sitting. One needs to contemplate the amazing concepts in order to really get a grasp on the intricate play between characters and events.
Walk without rythmn and you won't attract a worm. The spice must flow...
I haven't had the opportunity to read the book, and this is my first real opportunity to 'read' Dune. I found the performance and the story both strong, making this an extremely enjoyable listen that is easy to recommend.
However do take note that there are instances where the dramatization makes it difficult to follow parts of the story (especially for listeners who haven't read the book) due to the exotic/fictional words that Frank Herbert uses. Nevertheless, I have no problems recommending this to anyone who is new to audio books and would like a lengthy immersion into an excellent science fiction universe.
The book -- Intricately detailed. Expertly written. Multiple layers of story and meaning. Suspense and action interwoven with philosophy and political/feudal conflict. I didn't know what to expect when I started but was quickly engrossed.
The performance -- This is a truly unique audiobook. Bouncing back and forth from chapters read/performed entirely by a single narrator (using multiple voices), and other chapters brought to life by a cast of performers portraying the different characters. The effect makes an already engaging work even more so.
(from my Goodreads review)
The story and narrative style is crisp and wastes little space. The scope of the story is breathtakingly immense. Ten thousand years since the man-machine wars-- and those are only hinted at by reference to the Butlerian Jihad. Act I is the Atreides taking possession of Arakis. Act II is the fall of House Atreides and the rise of the lisan al gaib, Paul Mua'dib. Act III is the culmination of the legend wherein the lisan al gaib takes possession of the position of the imperial emperor, the landsraad, Dune and the future of humanity. (Although that is another story.)
A huge cast of narrators retells this story lovingly. There's little more that I can say about this story than what I said about the paperback version (above)-- I do wish to note that the primary narrator is sometimes tasked with reading lines from characters who have been previously narrated by other narrators (e.g., sometimes there is a different narrator for the Baron Harkonnen-- and sometimes the primary narrator reads the Baron's lines.) I am pretty sure that Paul, Jessica, Chani, Stilgar and Gurney are all voiced by the same narrator throughout the audiobook.
Despite the oddity of inconsistant narrator selection for a single character, the primary narrator is skilled enough at narration that it is easy to tell the difference between his general narrative voice and the various characters he narrates for.
I highly recommend both the paperback and this most recent audiobook from McMillan audio, released in 2007.